AG-TECH IN WEED CONTROL
FIELD DAYS & MASTERCLASS
The field days involved 110 participants and were held in the Fitzroy region in Gladstone, Biloela, Rockhampton and Emerald.
Land use sectors represented at the field days included the following
Presentations and in-field demonstrations discussed use of ag-technologies such as robots, drones and steam, importance of biosecurity and weed recognition, and issues regarding herbicide resistance. CQUniversity and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) lent a high level of support to this initiative, presenting and providing resources on weed topics such as biosecurity, herbicide resistance and precision agriculture technologies for weed mapping and subsequent control.
Workshops were informal and interactive with opportunities for facilitated discussion; each session included a practical in-field demonstration of the various technologies.
Many thanks to each of the presenters and the field day collaborators
Growcom offers its sincere thanks to the landholders who hosted a field day and/paddock demonstration; without your assistance it would not have been possible to run these practical field days. Thank you to:
The following presentations have been made available for downloads and further information.
“Make these field days more regular!”
– Ian Groves, South Yaamba
“Would love to see more workshops and demonstrations happen in the Gladstone region.”
– Julie Barry, Gladstone
“Fantastic organisation dedicated to furthering knowledge and innovation across industries.”
– Alenna Patterson, Emerald
“Well run day.”
“Seeing new technology and alternatives to pesticides.”
– Samantha Lensen, Gladstone
“Information around MOA (Modes of Action) weed resistance.”
– Bianca Wellsteed, Gladstone
“Meeting agriculture industry and farmers.”
– Heather Wallen, Biloela
“Use of drones for problem mapping and the university speakers.”
– Toby McCall, South Yaamba
“Demonstration of steam weeding machine and alternate options presented.”
– Anonymous, Gladstone
In fact, 70% of participants indicated that they were either Likely or Highly Likely to make practice changes, and that these changes would be made within 2 years or earlier (straight away).
Only a fifth of respondents identified what additional support or service would be of assistance to help, but suggestions included the following:
More than half of field day participants gave the thumbs up indicating that as a result of participating in the Ag-Tech field day their knowledge and aspirations had improved or changed.
Six percent of respondents gave the thumbs-down however indicating that participating in the field days did not at all change or improve their confidence or skills.
More than 90% of respondents indicated that they were Likely or Highly Likely to recommend this field day to a friend or colleague. No respondents indicated that they were Unlikely to recommend it to a friend or colleague.
By far, the main motivation for participating in the field days was to Increase knowledge and skills, with 80% of respondents selecting this option. Other motivations included (in order of priority);
Horticulture stakeholders represented the majority of land sectors that were represented at the field days, with 40% of participants either being a grower of horticulture commodities or working in the horticulture industry. Remaining stakeholders included (in order of participation levels), landholders, government agencies, grazier, service provider, urban resident, industry, grain grower/cropper, volunteer, NRM body, community group, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Regional councils where participants operated in included;
The combined experience of participants that identified as being a grower, grazier, grain grower was 282 years!
The Ag-Tech in Weed Control Field Days and Masterclass were supported by Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. through funding from the Australian Government’s Reef Trust Program and the Queensland Government. Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. is a proud member of Reef Alliance.